“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of Adonai, and of his Messiah; and he shall reign for ever and ever”.
As Moses arrived at Mt Horeb with the people of God, his Father-in-law Jethro pays him a visit. Jethro is not really his name. Jethro is a title defining a societal rank. The name of Moses' father-in-law was Reuel (The shepherd of God) (Exodus 2:18).
With Reuel’s visit, we realize the greater purpose for the Exodus program. Reuel was a descendant of Abraham through his third wife Keturah (Genesis 25: 1-2). It is recorded that Abraham gave that side of his descendance what is today called Saudi Arabia to settle in. It seems that they did not continue in the faith of Abraham but adopted the paganism of the area, thus we find Jethro, a descendant of Abraham as a pagan priest of Median.
Jethro witnessed the life of Moses as a seeker. Like Abraham in Ur, Moses was not satisfied with he had learned in Egypt (Hebrews 11:8-16; 24-28). Moses was not going to put up with the magic tricks of the Egyptian priests. He wanted the real thing. He searched for Hashem with all his heart; that’s why he found Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Jethro also was a seeker. He probably knew about the God of Israel but thought He was dead, or maybe asleep.
Whichever the case this God, this Creator of Heaven and earth, was on the verge of meeting all those who seek Him for all generations to come. He was about to make such a grand entrance on the scene of World History that it would not be forgotten for generations, not even until today.
As Jethro received knowledge of all God had done to Egypt i order to free His people, he returned to the faith of his ancestor Abraham. He said, Blessed be Adonai, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that Adonai is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the people. And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to Hashem; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law before God. (Exodus 18:10-12).
A greater Exodus is coming. A time is coming when people will not say anymore, As Adonai lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt, but rather, Blessed be Adonai who brought back His people from all the nations where He scattered them (Exodus 16: 14-15). This will have the same effect as the first Exodus. Like Jethro, the whole world will then know that Hashem is the Lord of all the earth.
May it be soon Abba, even in our days!